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I used to think it was only in movies that couples existed who actually despised each other in the beginning….and then I heard Christine and Keith’s story! It’s a real life romantic comedy! They fought like cats and dogs, but shared mutual friends which meant they continuously ran into each other. When asked if they could ever be friends, the answer was clearly “when pigs fly!” Little did they know, they’d start dating a year later and after over 8 years together they’d finally marry! It was so cute to see how many “flying pig” details they incorporated into their day! Since Christine is much more eloquent than I, here’s her description of their gorgeous wedding:

“We adore the countryside, primarily upstate NY, and knew we wanted our theme to be based around that Adirondack feel – rustic, vintage, country, and just us.  We scoured across many beautiful venues along the Hudson, in the woods, and even a backyard tent wedding on a beautiful estate, but when we found that rustic vibe at Fox Hollow (so close to home!) we knew it was best for our planning process.  Our inspiration shined through with the fireplace, stone walls, glass pavilion ceiling, and outdoor ceremony in a tree-lined, wooden location with a beautiful waterfall.  We incorporated hints of burlap, wood, baby’s breath, twine, raffia, and lace!  

Every inch of the venue was filled with DIY elements, and knowing that it was so personalized, really made the night extra special and so memorable for everyone.  The centerpieces were curly willow branches in various spray painted liquor bottles with distressed and wood burned hearts to show table numbers and a quote like “laugh” or “lucky.” Embellished mason jars held flowers and floating candles to help make each table unique.  Our DIY card box was that of a wooden treasure box burned and stained which matched our somewhat nontraditional guest ‘log’ – a slab of varnished wood with our symbol of C+K burned in the middle for everyone to sign. And of course, cocktail hour included a pig roast which wore Jets sunglasses and a frame with “Pigs Have Finally Flown.”

Love this moment so much! Christine is reading a beautiful note from Keith…

Both of their faces are priceless as they see each other during the First Look! :)

Christine did all of the wood burning herself! Each bouquet and boutonniere had one!

Christine, you kill me! Just look at those eyes!!

Love love love Christine’s necklace – it was originally a head piece from Maria Elena!

Flying pigs, I told ya! :)

Keith and Christine were wed by candlelight surrounded by all of their friends and family…it was beautiful!

Almost every single detail you see was hand-crafted by Christine! She’s a total DIY bride!

The father/daughter dance gets me teary eyed every time!

Credits // Hotel: The Inn at Fox Hollow // Venue: Fox Hollow // Florals: DIY via Sam’s Club // Hair: Heather from Envy Salon (Queens, NY) // Make-up: Lisa Juarez // The dress: Enzoani Diana Collection via Bridal Reflections // The pink sash: David’s Bridal // The shoes: Brianna Leigh via My Glass Slipper // Necklace & Bracelet: Maria Elena // Hair piece: Enchanted Atelier // Bridesmaids dresses: Bill Levkoff via Bridal Reflections // Men’s attire: TuxedoPark // Jets Cufflinks: Groom’s via Brookstone & Groomsmen’s via Cynthia Cool Beans // Invitations: Amy Pearson with Paisley Pear Designs // “Fortune Teller” Programs: DIY with template from Gingham Grins // Ceremony Pianist: Alex Holtzman // Cocktail hour musicians: George Barry & Kevin Barry // DJ: We Like 2 Party Entertainment // Videographer: Paul Nameck // Wine box: Made by Amber and Earth // Mini-lantern favors: Favor Warehouse // Mr. & Mrs. sign: The Art of Handmades // The following details were hand-crafted by the bride and will soon be available in her Etsy shop, Crafts & Goodies: All wood burned items, distressed bridesmaid hangers, wedding day timeline, welcome gift bags, ceremony & reception sign, place cards, menus, photobooth scrapbook, Lego cake topper, card box, wooden coasters, wood circle centerpieces (distressed & burned), and the bottles for centerpieces.

Kristen Driscoll Alfonso - Wonderful job! :)


How many people do you know who have dated long distance? Probably a lot. Chris and I even dated long distance for almost two years! How many people do you know who dated long distance for FOUR AND A HALF YEARS?! These two! Matt and Christie spent their weekends traveling back and forth between Albany and Long Island to see each other. Personally, I’m so thankful for the two years Chris and I spent long distance because it allowed us to get to know each other deeply and now we are so grateful for every second we have together. I can only imagine what 4.5 years has done to equip Matt and Christie for anything and everything that life throws at them! Thankfully their commuting woes are over now and they are able to enjoy wedding planning together in the same house. To celebrate, we started off their lovely engagement session with some Milk & Cookies!

Walking around the West Village near sunset is one of my favorite things to do! I love how the light almost seems to spy on us in this hidden corner of NYC.

Everything in the West Village is so picturesque! Throw in a cute couple and we’re unstoppable! :)


Side note: how adorable are Christie’s boots?! I want them to magically appear in my closet!

Can’t wait for next June!

I’m going to estimate 90% of the sessions I’ve done in the city end up including strangers who ask to pose with the couple! This guy says he’s an up and coming model…so be on the lookout for Mr. Soon-to-be-Famous! :)

We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the day than with sunset on the pier! Such perfectly sweet moments! Thanks for being such rockstars Matt & Christie! xoxo! :)

Michelle - As I love to say… if you can get through the distance… you can get through ANYTHING :) GORGEOUS captures Cassi!

Cassi Claire - So true Michelle!! And thank you darling! xo! :)

HIGHLANDS COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING, GARRISON NY, CASSI CLAIRE | Cassi Claire - […] moment I began my drive home after the reception ended. You may remember Matt + Christie from their light-filled West Village engagement session last year. It seems the time between then and their wedding date was insanely productive, because […]


This is such a special engagement session for me. I’ve known the groom-to-be Patrick since the 4th GRADE! Our middle school class only had about 20 kids, so we got to know each other real well. We even played husband and wife (Tevye & Golde) in our high school production of Fiddler on the Roof! Needless to say, I am beyond excited for him and his real life soon-to-be-wifey Katie! It’s obvious from these photos that they are insanely perfect for each other. Pat and Katie embrace all things nerdy, so their choice of props truly express who they are as a couple – fun, carefree, and children at heart! My favorite kind of people! :)

Patrick proposed to Katie in 2009 on top of the Empire State Building, and Katie’s reaction in this video of the proposal makes me tear up every time! :)

A ring suitable for a Queen!

We all had a walk down memory lane when they brought out their original Gameboys from when they were kids!

They brought the Spiderman Wedding Edition comic book to help get us excited for the big day!

We played with a slinky, yo-yo’s, and Jacks on the stairs at Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace…we clearly enjoyed ourselves!

Oh and how could I forget Mr. Potato head! I really felt like a kid again at this session!

How perfect is this save-the-date?! It is so creative and encompasses them completely! Pat and Katie, I cannot wait to see what sort of shenanigans you plan for your wedding day! :)

Denise - Wonderful Cassie. The shots of them by themselves side by side are amazing. I hope they frame those!

Morgan Leigh - This session is WAY TOO cute!!! I can’t wait to see their wedding day!!

Cassi Claire - Thanks so much Morgan and Denise! :)

Linda Meisch - These are terrific, Cassie! I am looking forward to the wedding photos, when you are going to help me look wonderful as well! Don’t know if you remember me, but I met you (and Patrick) in the 4th grade as well. I was the (unwanted) Kindergarten aide, and since I was a teacher, they sent me everywhere! I was in your classroom many many times. Never imagined one of the kids in there would grow up to marry my daughter! And never imagined one of the kids in there would grow up to be their photographer. Amazing links, if you ask me!!

Cassi Claire - WOW!!! What a small world! I had no idea that you were in our classroom! You are probably one of the very few people who met their son-in-law when he was still too young to date haha! What a great story and I so look forward to re-meeting you at the wedding! PS: I apologize for any of my 4th grade antics, I hear I was quite the trouble maker haha! :)

Linda Vollinger Meisch - Wow!

Feuza Tomaz - perfect for unjersey bride please submit thanks

Jennifer Karberg - These are freakin adorable! I can’t wait for your wedding PJ and Katie!!

Betsy Long Taylor - Made for each other!!!

Maria Urbanowycz Blodgett - Adorable! You two know how to have fun!

Joann Westfall - WOW! Awesome!

NERDY WEDDING, CASA BIANCA WEDDING, OAK RIDGE | Cassi Claire - […] Patrick and Katie are married!!! You may remember this couple from their super popular nerdy engagement session in Central Park! That session was just a tiny taste of the couple’s creativity! Their wedding day included […]


Earlier this spring, I got to know Joe and Arielle during their engagement session at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In addition to discovering their 1.5 foot height difference, I learned they they are completely adorable with each other and that they are two of the most calm and stress-free people I know! Naturally, their wedding day was so perfectly them…composed, beautiful, classy, and traditional in all the right ways. Which was extremely impressive considering Joe BROKE HIS HAND just a few weeks before the wedding! Thankfully the cast was removed in time and he was able to conceal the brace under his suit! We started the day at Arielle’s beautiful family home…


Those Jimmy Choo’s are to die for! 

Arielle and her adorable maids!! Love those light blue dresses!

Thank you to my wonderful second shooter for the day – Tina Elizabeth – for getting this great shot of Joe and his groomsmen! :)

Joe and Arielle were wed at St. Teresa of Avila church in Summit, NJ

The Canoe Brook Country Club was the perfect place to celebrate with AMAZING food and great friends!

I’m already obsessed with Macaron Cafe, so it was super exciting to see such delicious treats as their wedding favors!

Such a sweet father/daughter dance…

I want to be a part of the super awesome New Providence girls club!! It was AWESOME to see Keri, my first New Providence bride, and her husband Dan…and their *almost* born baby in the belly! It was a reunion of familiar faces (some of Keri’s bridesmaids and some models from our styled shoots) – and it makes me want to be BFFs with them all! :)

The Eturnity Band kept everyone on the dance floor all night! Congrats again Joe and Arielle!! :)

Credits // Church: St. Teresa of Avila // Venue: Canoe Brook Country Club // Photography: Cassi Claire // Florist: Linda’s Florist // Bride’s dress: Liancarlo // Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bride’s necklace & bracelet: Tiffany // Veil: David’s Bridal // Hair: Peter Rapisardi of Creations Salon // Make-up: Crystal Paige // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jenny Yoo // Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss // Invitations: Minted // Rings: Simon G // Entertainment Agency: Entertainment Consultants // Cocktail Hour Musicians: Karen Stern & Toni Stern // Escort Cards: Crane & Co // Table Numbers: Etsy // Favors: Macaron Cafe // Band: Eturnity // Cake: Palermo’s Bakery // The End!

Ana Maria Batista Verrusio - Cassi Claire Photography, these photos are awsome! You just brought back all the memories and fun of that day!

Keri Calabrese - Beautiful pics! Such a fun and gorgeous wedding! And the most fun and gorgeous couple <3

Katherine Alison MacKinnon - Such a great day!! :) Such beautiful girls you two have Ana and Joe!

Marie Carrera - I feel like I was there too… great photos of all!

Joyce Bradley Luzzi - Very pretty! Arielle made a beautiful bride! So happy for you all.

Enedina Dela Pena Rissman - Beautiful bride and handsome groom. Thank you for sending these. I am so glad to be able to meet the family this way. Happiness to Arielle and Joe, may your life be full of roses and few thorns. May God bless you both. Besitos de Mimi y famlia.

CASSI CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW, JOE & ARIELLE | Cassi Claire - […] soar!! Thank you Joe + Arielle for your sweet words! I’m so happy to have been a part of your gorgeous wedding day! xoxo! […]

CLASSIC WEDDING ON THE BLACK TIE BRIDE BY CASSI CLAIRE | Cassi Claire - […] Check out the feature here, and their original blog post here! […]


They had me at their save-the-date. But I continued to fall for them at their OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD-AMAZING engagement session! You can read a little bit about how they met and their proposal on that blog post. Today I’m talking about the wedding! The most fabulous DIY wedding…and I mean, DIY. Almost every detail was hand-crafted by Donna, Oleg and their friends! From creating home-made soaps with a custom fragrance to staining crates and etching glass…this couple did it all! The Inn at Fernbrook Farms was the perfect venue for their gorgeous wedding.

Majorly obsessed with Donna’s Badgley Mischka shoes!

Remember when I said everything was DIY? That includes the RINGS! Oleg created this custom ring set at his family’s jewelry shop. I’m blown away by his talent!

Hello stunning lady! 

The perfect shade of purple and the loveliest ladies to be around!

Funny faces make the world go round! :)

Special thank you to my wonderful husband Christopher for photographing Oleg and his groomsmen…I’m loving the lens flare in this photo!

Here are those hand-crafted soaps I told you about! Donna made this adorable frame with burlap and Scrabble pieces…she even included a hint of that pretty purple!

This is one of my favorite details from the wedding…so crafty and perfect for a farm wedding!

I love that tiny smile on Donna’s dad’s face as he watched his daughter be wed…so beautiful!

Oh the light…magical, magical light!

If I could go back in time, I would have gold chargers and mercury glass at my wedding!

I love the succulents and vintage silverware…simply stunning!

How cute are those little piggy “place cards?” 

Hooray for two cakes! Donna and Oleg included a traditional Lithuanian Šakotis cake – which is baked by painting layers of dough onto a rotating spit in a special open oven! I like to think it grew itself, like a tree…

And lastly, the best memory of all (obvi) – me and Chris with the lovely couple! I’m a little disheveled and that’s my “bad side” but we’re still pretty cute, eh? Congratulations guys! It was an honor to celebrate with you! xo! :)

Credits // Venue: The Inn at Fernbrook Farms // Floral Design, mercury glass votives & centerpieces: Dahlia Florals // The dress: Private Designer from Bijou Bridal // The shoes: Badgley Mischka // Hair: Mandy Liento of La Sorella Bridal // Make-up: Patty Delvecchio // Bridesmaids dresses: Bill Levkoff // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // “Pick your seat” display: DIY // Programs display: DIY // Piggy place cards: DIY ink transfer + Jim’s Wood Studio // Gold chargers: A Party Pleasing // Mad Libs: DIY // Favors: Soap DIY + crates from For Crafts Sake + assembled & stained by bride // Tent Draping: Weddings & Events by Janet // DJ: Untouchable Entertainment // Wedding Cake: Colonial Farms // Lithuanian Cake: Sakotis NJ // Photobooth: Not-a-booth! // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!

judy pak - gorgeous wedding! i always love how happy your images are!

Cassi Claire - Aww thank you so much Judy!! I have an addiction to smiles! :)

Margaret Shine - Gorgeous

Shonda - Beautiful work! I love your style! Your work is so crisp and clear. Love it!

Caroline - Adorable – looks like it was a lot of fun!


So excited to finally share Part TWO of Nicole and Oscar’s engagement session! You see, it started to torrential downpour about 25 minutes into our first attempt. We were able to get some beautiful photos in those 25 minutes, but we didn’t even scratch the surface of our original plans (pink converse, ferris wheel, games, cotton candy!)…so, we returned to Coney Island on a beautifully sunny day for some more merriment and COLOR! :)

These pink converse are so cute!! :)

Getting our tickets to the Wonder Wheel!

Riding the Wonder Wheel at sunset was magical!! Just look at those glorious golden hues!

The views are incredible as well!

Nic and Oscar met while working at an Apple retail store, so naturally we had to incorporate some Apple products into the session!

Game time! 

I think we were all glad we saved the cotton candy until the end!

Nic and Oscar, you guys are too stinkin’ cute! Can’t wait for the wedding! :)

Ashley Goodwin - So so so so so so so good. Too many amazing shots with laughter and movement to count!!

Cassi Claire - Yay!! Thanks so much Ashley!! We had wayyyy too much fun that day haha!! :)

Amy Rizzuto - One of my favorites Cassi! So colorful and fun!

Nicole Scaro - Just because I want to tell you on all possible mediums – WE LOVE THESE!


I remember it like it was yesterday…we were sitting in the Little Cupcake Bakeshop here in Bay Ridge when Melanie and Sandro painted the vision of their wedding day. I kept hearing the words “fun” and “relaxed” and “non-traditional” – which of course had me hooked! Then they told me about their surprise transportation for the wedding (a TROLLEY!), how they wanted to stop at Shake Shack because they always hear about how the couple never actually gets to eat at their wedding, and how they were opting for Ralph’s Italian Ices in lieu of the traditional wedding cake. Let’s just say I would have been devastated if Melanie and Sandro decided to hire someone else! Their wedding day was just like them – INCREDIBLY MIND-BLOWINGLY AWESOME! :)

You’d think this was a salon right? Well, it IS…but it’s located in the basement of Melanie’s mom’s HOUSE! How cool is that?!

Melanie, you were channeling some seriously sexy old-school hollywood! 

Hello dahling!


The cutest ring-bearer ever!

Goofy photos are my favorite!

Thanks to my fantastic and adorable hubs Christopher for getting these great shots of Sandro and his groomsmen! He’s the best!

Hello Ollie the Trolley! Such a mega-fun way to travel through the city!

Oh I forgot to mention that Melanie goes to my church, so I knew lots of the guests! Cornerstone Church unites! :)

YAY Shake Shack! Mmmmmm mmmm good!

You can’t hear them, but the bridesmaids are totally singing THIS.

Sandro spent some quality time with YouTube learning that fancy knot! Totally worth it! He rocked his unique style right down to his Batman socks and yellow laces!

You become a celebrity when walking around the city in wedding attire…hooray for being famous!

Madison Square Park is chock full of these incredible rope art pieces in all sorts of bright fun colors – you can imagine how happy it made me!

Cocktail hour at the Prince George Ballroom is hosted in an art gallery – simply stunning!

The reception room is full of incredible unique details and carvings. I felt like I was transported back in time.

The couple gave hand-crafted soaps are their wedding favors!

Melanie is a musician herself, so it’s no surprise that she took over for the drummer! 

Love this moment – Melanie dancing with her grandfather…

Oh Melanie also likes to steal microphones! It was an epic dance party! Perfect way to celebrate a beautiful marriage!

Credits // Church: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd // Venue: Prince George Ballroom // Lunch: Shake Shack // Florist: Clark’s House of Flowers // The dress: Sue Wong // Birdcage veil w/ hat: Goorin Brothers // Jewelry: Givenchy // Clutch: BCBG Max Azaria // Handkerchief: a boutique in Italy // Hair & Make-up Artist: House of Trends // Bridesmaids dresses: Watters // Bride’s Rings: Liori Diamonds // Groom’s Ring: MnM Woodworks // Invitations: Zazzle // Groom’s attire: Banana Republic Monogram & // Trolley: The New York Trolley Company // Cocktail hour musicians: Astrograss // Favors (soaps): Natural Soap Warehouse // DJ & Drummer: Funktion 67 // Italian Ices: Ralph’s Ices // The End!

Becka Pillmore - LOVE this wedding so fun and vibrant! (like you!) xoxo

Amy Rizzuto - Love this wedding Cassi! SO BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations to the happy couple!

Ellen Matteo - Cassie, all I can say is WOW. What a magnificent job you did. They are fabulous like you.

Renee Vadala - Fantastic…..these photos are awesome….so creative and fun! Love it.

Mikkel Paige Mihlrad - Gorgeous, Cass! The rope art was PERFECT! And I love the bride’s reaction as she saw her groom in the distance down the aisle. Beautiful!

Eileen Erlenmeyer Buraus - These pictures are amazing. Cassie you did an incredible job. These pictures are so Melanie. She looks breathtaking

Bobby Bulger - Wow!!! How cool and run looking…I love creativity Cass…once again, you caught it all and did it justice. Wow!!! Feel like I was right there having a burger at the shake shack!!! LOL (my daughter Mickey loves there burgers hahaha) Wow, the color scheme was so pretty and what a wild idea to watch a trolley!!! What’s the best of all was once again, through all the colors and pretty locations etc etc etc…you got the biggest job done…you caught the couples absolute love and adoration for one another with your camera’s eye!!!! Great job and wow!! Congrats to the happy couple!!!!

Lisa Kasperski Bulger - Wow!!!! So gorgeous and fun!! Amazing job as always! Really enjoyed these photos!!

Shonda - Hi! I stumbled on your site via a J* blog post (I think) and wanted to let you know that I L-O-V-E your work! This session is beautiful! Love all of the colors!

Kristen - Love this Cassie! You ‘done it again! ;)
PS- this wedding’s style was awesome – and kudos for taking them to those rope structures!


Daniel and Greyce (such a beautiful name!) are from BRAZIL. Yup, BRAZIL. One of my favorite parts of my life/job is getting to meet people from other countries! When I was at school in Miami, about 30% of the students were international – I looooved all the accents and getting to know other cultures (especially their food). So, I was beyond excited to meet this adorable couple during their vacation to NYC to take some fun save-the-date photos! We had such a fun time running around Central Park trying to beat the setting sun! :)

I love to creep through the bushes – that’s not weird right? :)

Greyce, you are GORGEOUS! 

Golden hour on the bow bridge – perfection!

There I go, creepin’ again…

Don’t willow trees make everything seem so romantic? Perfect way to end the day! :)


Michelle is the type of person that you just wanted around you all the time – she is so sweet and encouraging and positive, and you feel like she’d be there for you if you ever need a hug. She’s also funny and charming and AWESOME, and Robb knows it! He’s just as awesome and together they are like a super couple! You might remember them from their engagement session last fall. They are a swing dancing, Wall-E watching, creole craving, old book loving kind of couple! Their intimate wedding was held at The Rhinecliff Hotel, and every single detail was perfect – from the gorgeous outdoor ceremony to the live jazz band and everything in between! :)

That is Michelle’s grandpa in the locket. So sweet…

I looove the vintage tone of all of her details! I especially adore these boutonnieres!

Michelle and her mom are besties! I looove this moment!

The father/daughter first look! Always one of my favorite moments of the day!

So much prettiness!

Michelle you are a freaking BEAUTY QUEEN!

Much thanks to the ever-so-awesome Jaine for second shooting with me, and for getting these awesome photos of Robb and his groomsmen! :)

Their ceremony site was simply stunning – and the weather could not have been nicer!

The family photo display was so sweet!

Michelle and Robb chose to incorporate the old Irish tradition of handfasting into their ceremony.

How magical is this place?! This is part of the Rhinecliff Train Station about 2 blocks away from the Rhinecliff Hotel. 

Love this beautiful moment of Michelle dancing with her parents!

Naturally, they had LOTS of swing dancing at the reception! I couldn’t believe how many of their guests could really dance!

The perfect evening for a silhouette photo! What a great way to end the night! :) 

Credits // Venue: The Rhinecliff Hotel // Officiant: Rev. Gary Deinstadt // The Dress: WTOO Bridals // Reception Dress: Watters // Shoes: Toms // Veil and Headband: Town Shop Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo & Watters // Groom’s Attire: J. Crew // Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // The rings: Brilliant Earth // Invitations & Programs: ABandIG via Etsy // Florist & Chalkboard Sign at Ceremony: A Night in Bloom Event Floristry // Ceremony Musicians: Bella Winds // Handfasting Ribbon, Escort cards, Photo display: DIY // Lanterns: Michaels // The Band: Metropolitan Hot Club // Cake: The Pastry Garden // The End!

Michelle Joelle - Everything is absolutely beautiful, as always! It looks as magical as it felt that day, and the dancing shots are HILARIOUS. Love!

Sandy Lauer - All wonderful and as beautiful as the day was!

Mary Harms Lempke - What a wonderful day captured by photos full of memories that will last a lifetime! They are beautiful!

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